The Joy in Spontaneity

by Christopher Lovejoy on June 3, 2012

I’m willing to believe that most everyone knows what it means to get stuck in a rut.

Daily routines are effective and efficient as far as they go, but when we let them take over our lives, they constrain us, confine us, entrap us inside neat and tidy little boxes of expectation.

Spontaneity, a most effective antidote for recouping vitality, comes with a small price, however: it asks that we welcome, even invite, unknown qualities and quantities into our lives.

Needless to say, for someone whose routines are entrenched, this does not feel safe. To be sure, spontaneity often appears as someone or something we’ve never seen or heard before.

To the extent that I feel comfortable stepping into the unknown, however, is the extent to which the energy of my spirit can be activated and stimulated to find its joy through bliss.

In this light, the energy and vitality of spontaneity remind us to recognize and release attachments to outcome, to welcome and embrace a change of pace, a change of scene, a change of course.

Setting aside efficiency, I release any feeling that this or that must be fixed, changed, improved, or perfected, clearing space for surprise and delight, for the unexpected and the unexplained.

In my travels, many of my best encounters and experiences arise from spontaneous meanderings to distant, far-off places; along twists and turns in the road; into sleepy, picturesque villages; through intimate nooks and crannies not found on any map; toward sacred objects or spaces that invariably appeal to the shadows, cracks, and crevices inside the heart of my soul.
A chance encounter with an unusual, eccentric, or fascinating character heightens my appreciation of the mundane, the habitual, the ordinary. I am a traveler, not a tourist.

As a traveler, spontaneity cracks me open to breadth and depth, but at the risk of not getting to see everything or everyone, of not being perfectly efficient, of getting lost and going nowhere fast.

Risks that I welcome and embrace if this means I can be a party to novelty and variety.
I prefer the scenic route, and I discover (and am made content by) those moments when, in complete harmony, truth and desire arise and come together into fulfillment . . . spontaneously.

Today, and every day, I welcome the joy in spontaneity.


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